Looking Back, Looking Forward

As I devolve into Presidential dust, I have a few thoughts on my year, the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting, and the future.   As I discussed in my Presidential address in Honolulu last week, the past year was highlighted by several balls ...

Remembering Timothy T. Nostrant, MD, MACG: A Dear Colleague, Mentor and Friend

Timothy T. Nostrant, MD, MACG October 20, 1947 – October 2, 2015 We all lost a wonderful friend. Tim Nostrant, who recently retired to Columbia, SC, passed away on October 2 after a lengthy illness. As you may know, Tim had achieved ...

ACG 2015 Prompts Reflections on My Year as President

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG Our Annual Scientific Meeting and Post Graduate Course October 16-21 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is fast approaching. The scientific program offers more than 65 oral presentations, 10 scientific symposia, more than 2000 ...

Stop the Bleeding! Deadline Looms to Fix the Cuts

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG Earlier this summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed drastic cuts to the 2016 Medicare physician reimbursement rates for colonoscopy and other lower GI endoscopy procedures. ACG, AGA ...

FDA’s Safety Communication on Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG The FDA today announced supplemental measures to enhance duodenoscope reprocessing, including all Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. The College recognizes that this important infection ...

Medicare Cuts to Colonoscopy Threaten Progress Against Colorectal Cancer

Stephen B. Hanauer, MD, FACG I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed today. Devastating cuts to reimbursement for lifesaving colonoscopy exams under Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule are proposed despite advocacy by ACG and its sister ...